ONE of the world’s most active volcano in Indonesia erupts
One of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mount Merapi in Indonesia, erupted on Friday, February 19, sending molten lava flowing down from its crater. Hundreds of minor volcanic earthquakes have been felt over the past two days, according to Indonesia’s Geological Agency, and lava has been spotted on more than 20 occasions during the same period. Despite this fact, the volcanic alert level has remained at orange, where it has been since November 2020.
The eruption occurred close to Indonesia’s cultural capital of Yogyakarta on Java Island, and people living close to the volcano were told not to travel within a five kilometre radius of the site. Officials also warned residents of the dangers of lava flow and volcanic material in the air.
“This morning, lava avalanches were observed seven times,” the geological agency said, with the lava travelling up to 700 metres to the southwest.
Indonesia has almost 130 volcanoes which are currently active, but Mount Merapi’s most recent incident was in 2010 where more than 300 people lost their lives and a further 280,000 individuals had to be evacuated from their homes.
Meanwhile, Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe and located in Sicily in southern Italy, experienced a major eruption on Tuesday, February 16, forcing officials to close Catania airport as a column of thick black smoke rising to more than a kilometre high substantially reduced visibility.
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